To learn how magic helps kids heal, we asked a patient.

Melissa Bruebach and Emily Stec at OHM's 7th Annual Tricks are for Kids Benefit

A patient’s perspective on Open Heart Magic: An interview with Melissa Bruebach, a recipient of Bedside Magic at Lurie Children’s Hospital.

 

Q: I understand you’ve had firsthand experience with Open Heart Magic.
Yes.  When I was a patient at Lurie Children’s Hospital, I had several visits from the Hospital Magicians.

Q: Most people don’t know what it’s like to be a kid in the hospital.  Can you share your experience?
Well, I started having surgeries as an infant…and pretty much grew up in the hospital. Unless you’re a kid or a parent with a kid who’s gone through this, you don’t realize how scary and stressful it can be.  Children with medical conditions experience things – and miss out on things – that make them grow up too fast…

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